Tackle a Tiny Thing

Sundays are all about self-care on Little-Spaces. As Littles, we can sometimes forget about self-care – possibly because we rely on our Bigs to manage things like that or because we’re simply overwhelmed with the rest of our lives. Every Sunday, I’m going to take a moment to talk about a self-care tactic you can use as a Little!

Today, we’re going to tackle a Tiny Thing.

Self-care isn’t all about baths and cupcakes and cute movies. Sometimes, self-care needs to be about doing things that need doing. But sometimes, doing those things feels overwhelming and impossible. That’s where the Tiny Thing comes in!

Just do a Tiny Thing. Just one.

What’s a Tiny Thing? It’s something small and insignificant on its own, but they can add up into the big ball of unmanageability that feels too overwhelming to handle. It’s something like replacing the burnt-out lightbulb in the hallway or cleaning the toilet. Don’t let yourself get trapped into thinking you have to check all the burnt bulbs or clean the entire bathroom. Do one, single Tiny Thing.

Why just one? Because it won’t overwhelm you. And if you chip away at the Tiny Things on the days that you don’t feel like you can tackle something big, you’ll keep them from ganging up together into something huge and overwhelming. Doing one Tiny Thing a day helps keep you moving toward a healthy lifestyle!

So trounce a Tiny Thing today! Pick up the dirty dishes from your bedroom. Put one basket of laundry all the way away. Take the trash out from the bathroom. Sweep the entryway. Just one Tiny Thing. I know you can do it!

 

SmolSquad Saturday – Nail Painting

Saturday’s are SmolSquad day – when I ask the community to participate with me in a fun Little Space activity or topic. This week, it’s nail painting!

I love nail painting. I’m terrible at it because my left hand is less a functional appendage and more a shaky mass of bits hodge-podged together when it comes to anything artistic, but I still enjoy doing it. It also often makes me feel really little because my nails are usually kept very short, so sweeping adult manicures just aren’t a thing I do.

Don’t think this activity is only for little girls! Little boys and enbys can participate as well! Nail polish comes in all the colors you can imagine! You could do dinosaur nails or superhero nails! You also don’t have to paint your fingernails – you could paint your toenails instead! Then if you don’t want other people to see, just slip your tootsies into some socks and BLAM!

I picked up a really neat color and some cute sparkles to put overtop. What do you think?

To share your pretty (or awesome) nails with me and to have them featured on next week’s SmolSquad post, email pictures to frittercrumbs@gmail.com!

Solo Littles

Not every Little has a Caregiver. And that lack of a Caregiver can be really hard on a Little. There’s a lot of content out there about how wonderful it is to have a Daddy, and our tender hearts often yearn for that protective, guiding hand in our lives.

But don’t fret! Being a Solo Little is an absolutely okay thing to be! There’s lots and lots of Littles out there who don’t have a Caregiver, and being a Solo Little can actually be a really wonderful experience!

As a Solo Little, you can do everything you would if you had a CG. I often give myself Little Space Weekends, and I make sure to do lots of the “big” prep beforehand. I’ll slice up fruits and veggies and keep them in the fridge. I’ll make sure I have meals I can make easily. I’ll be sure my Littlespace dishes are clean and that I have everything I need for a bath. Then when the weekend comes, I can just be extra Little and not have to worry. Hungry? There’s apple slices ready for me. Tired? I can have a nap.

Being a Solo Little can also teach you a lot about what you want in a Caregiver. There’s plenty of people out there who will draw you in only to hurt you when you find out they weren’t really interested in being a CG and only used you to feed their fetish for a while. Those people are BAD NEWS and you are a precious Little who deserves only the best.

And when you let yourself give you the best, you won’t take less from someone else.

So make yourself that mac and cheese. Watch that Disney movie with your favorite stuffie. Have a bubble bath. You don’t need anyone else to make that happen. You are an amazing, strong, resourceful person, and you can be wonderfully Little on your own!

Nosh! Fruity Stars – Review

It’s time for a Littlespace snack review! Today, I’m reviewing a fruit snack from a company specializing in organic baby/toddler snacks: Nosh!

There’s a couple available flavors, but I picked up the apple-banana-sweet potato flavor. Each box comes with five little packages of gummies that are about the size of my palm.

You get a surprising number of gummies out of the package! The first thing I noticed was a pretty intense smell of banana as soon as I opened the pack. I was honestly worried I’d be turned off by the taste! But I was pleasantly surprised.

The gummies have a slight coating to them – which helps them from getting sticky in your hand. They have a texture more like other gummy snacks instead of a gummy bear – they’re soft and chew nicely without being rubbery. They have a pretty zippy tang to them as well! I wouldn’t have guessed there was sweet potato in them if I hadn’t read the package. I thought they were really tasty.

A few other notes for these gummies! Nosh is an organic company and use only organic produce. The gummies are also, as far as I can tell, gelatin free! Each pack is 45 calories. You can purchase them on Nosh’s website OR at your local Target! They are a bit on the expensive side, but if you can nab them on sale (like I did), they’re worth it!

Appropriate Little Age: 2+

Fritter Rating: 7/10 Squishy Stars

Tonton Friends – Adorable Pudges

Alright! I’ve decided there’s way too many things out there to share and review, so I’m doing two review posts a week! Mondays AND Thursdays! You’re welcome. ೕ(・ㅂ・ )

Today, we’re going to take a look at one of the most adorable little comics out there: Tonton Friends.

49938587_2945703348788489_7038674116437606400_nTonton Friends is a Korean-produced series of short comics featuring four main characters (the cast is now expanding slightly). There’s the prissy tsundere cat Bella, the lovestruck Shiba dog Yuta, the socially anxious bear Winnie, and the snacking and snoozing bunny Tobi. Each comic features one or more of the chubby friends in a simple, wholesome scenario.

While Tonton Friends is produced in Korean, the artist also provides translations into English. But a lot of the comics include no text at all – it’s not necessary for the cute scenes played out in 4-or-so panels. This makes it perfect for Little Space – minimal reading or comprehension required!

49763662_2932204690138355_290204884286832640_nIn the last year or so, Tonton Friends has seen massive success in developing their brand. The company now offers some merchandise, which honestly sells out very quickly! I was unlucky when the first plush line came out during my recovery from cancer and missed the window of opportunity to snag a squishy friend. But I was much MORE lucky last month when a new line of plushies came out. (My Winnie plush finally arrived yesterday!) The Tonton Forest website (where you can purchase merch) still has limited quantities of the plushies available, as well as a few other merch options. I really want to snap up some of the enamel pins…

What I really love about Tonton friends is how sweet and wholesome the comics are. They’re simply designed, they’re not busy or cluttered, and they always bring a smile to my face. Even without a ton of words or story, each character has a distinct personality that really shines through. Winnie is definitely my personal favorite. Plus, their pudgie plumpness makes me feel a bit more comfortable with my own fluffiness!

FRITTER RATE: 9 Squishy Friends out of 10
Appropriate Little Age Range: ANY

For more Tonton Friends content, please check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

 

Everyday Little – Socks

Heya! Fritter here with my first Topical Tuesday! Tuesdays, I’ll be trying to discuss a topic directly related to the CGl community. (Please note that when I say CGl, I’m encompassing a wide range of community abbreviations. CGl is just my preferred go-to.)

Being Little is something that brings comfort and joy to those who experience that particular headspace. And for me, it’s my favorite headspace to be in. Of course, I can’t always be at home in jammies and drowning in my plushie collection. I go to work, I handle chores, I pay bills, I run errands, etc. And for a lot of people, I think those types of things bring this feeling of being locked out of the Little headspace.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Cue: Everyday Little! These posts will focus on ways that I’ve found I can be Little in my every day life, even when I’m doing otherwise “big” things like my day job.

s-l1000Today I wanna talk about socks. Yes, socks! In reality, most people are never paying attention to the socks you’re wearing. And if you have close-toed shoes, that standard article of clothing is just begging for some secret Little-ing. Socks are a great way to bring that Little feeling into your everyday life.

It’s not even necessarily an unusual thing anymore. Loads of people wear fun or interesting socks, even with suits and ties. If you’re nervous about going too far at once, start by finding socks in some of your favorite colors – whether that’s bright primary colors or softer pastels. If you’re feeling more adventurous, check out socks with fun patterns or that feature your favorite animals. If you’re into geeky things, your sock choices are practically limitless! (I’m wearing bright yellow Pikachu socks today!)

With your super socks on, any time you want a bit of connection to your Little side, just take a peek down toward your shoes. Lift up your pant leg and enjoy the bright red fabric or those too-cute unicorns. I also find it to be a great mood boost if I’m in a long line or finding myself frustrated at work.

Just be careful – your sock collection may soon rival your stuffie collection!

Axolochi – Too Cute!

As I continue to work on getting posts appropriately scheduled to give you regular content, I intend to make Mondays the blog’s “Review Day!” I’ll review games, toys, websites, tv shows, movies… whatever comes up!

Today, I’m taking a look at Axolochi – a mobile game by Hyperbeard Games.

img_5363I’ll start by saying I love Hyperbeard Games. They’ve done a lot of games that I’ve distinctly enjoyed playing: including KleptoCats, Alchademy, and Clawbert.

Axolochi puts you in charge of caring for an axolotl and evolving it through several phases of growth. Eventually, you earn a relic when your axolotl has gotten big and strong enough. At that point, you get a new egg, and the process starts over!

Caring for your axolotl is simple. You can pet your axolotl, feed it, and wash it. Doing those three activities earn you hearts – which bring your friend closer to evolution – and coins – which you can spend on various things.

The game is free-to-play with available in-app purchases. What I love about Axolochi is that the available starter pack is only $4, and it gives you enough coins and pearls (the premium in-game currency) to unlock all the available kinds of food to feed your axolotl and a big chunk of the available egg types. It’s a lot of bang for relatively small buck if you find you enjoy the game after your first couple friends! The game can get rather repetitive, and it’s definitely not for someone looking for a very active game. This is much more a “check-in occasionally” kind of game for a quick burst of cuteness.

FRITTER RATE: 7 Aquatic Friends out of 10
Appropriate Little Age Range: ANY

If you’d like to get Axolochi for yourself, it’s available on both Android and Apple! Check out the official website for links to each app store!

Fri-YAY! Holiday Wrap-up

It’s another Fri-YAY here on Little Spaces! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and continues to enjoy the end-of-the-year festivities as they are now winding down.

I had a lovely holiday! I got some really awesome gifts, including a series of young-adult books about a girl who pretends to be a boy so she can learn to be a knight. Santa even brought me SAILOR MERCURY’S WAND! It lights up and makes shimmer sounds. I love it.

Did you know Aquaman is my favorite superhero? He is! I have a major soft-spot for underdogs. And with the new movie featuring him out, I was excited to see a new figure of Aquaman for the reasonable price of $45 coming out January 9th! He’s so HANDSOME!
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And if you’re into the Exploding Kittens card game at all, be excited! There’s two new releases for the game: one that expands your ability to play with up to TEN players, and a new add-on called “Streaking Kittens.”

 

I’ve also been really enjoying listening to music by Poppy lately! I’ve included one of my favorites of hers that makes me feel nice and small. (Be careful, though, not all of her music is appropriate for Littlespace!)

I almost forgot the WORD OF THE WEEK!
WORD OF THE WEEK: EFFERVESCENT
ef·fer·ves·cent | efərˈves(ə)nt
(adj) Giving off bubbles; fizzy
When I get into littlespace, sometimes I talk so much I’m practically effervescent!

Have a great weekend! Remember, this is your last chance to get your Winter Holiday Coloring Pages submitted for this week’s community activity!

What “Little” Means to Me

With the blog in its very early stages at this point, I figure now is a good time to talk about what being “little” means to me.

Littles, Littlespace, Age Regression, CG/l… there’s a lot of terms and words out there to try to wrap your head around if you’re just coming into this world or self identification. And all that terminology can be pretty intimidating! And what definitions you find might just confuse you.

So, let me try to get through what being “Little” means to me.

Being Little represents my best self. Being Little is just a way I describe who I am basically all the time, but it’s also a way to describe my most ideal self. It’s an open, trusting way of looking at the world through a lens of wonder, innocence, and true appreciation for things that may otherwise read as insignificant.

Being Little means I enjoy things not typically seen as “adult.” But this isn’t as deviant as it might at first seem. Many adults collect toys or other kid things. Tons of adults read young adult fiction or enjoy tv shows meant for children. Adults make up the majority of video game consumers.

Being Little is an embracing of that. It means I adore my plushies, and I delight in watching cartoons and eating sugary cereals. It means I utilize comfort and self care tactics that work for me, even if they “should have been left in my childhood.”

Being Little is my best me. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Beating the Holiday Blues

Sunday here on Little Spaces are all about self care! And with the holidays upon us, I want to focus on what to do if you’re not in the festive spirit.

1. Know that it’s OKAY! There’s lots of reasons you could be feeling down during the holidays. You’re not broken or wrong for how you feel. That’s the most important thing to remember!

2. Get enough sleep! I know it’s hard, but try to take a nap. Get your favorite blankie and stuffie and take a little snooze. Getting enough rest helps keep you charged up. Speaking of staying charged up:

3. Eat something healthy. Nobody can survive on candy canes alone! I know you maybe don’t want to eat a vegetable, but maybe a piece of fresh fruit sounds okay!

4. Drink water. Juice may sound tastier, and you might even be tempted to try soda or booze – but water will really help perk you up. You’re a beautiful flower and you need healthy clean water to drink!

5. Move around. You don’t have to go on a five mile run, but getting up and stretching a little will help get your blood moving and your face smiling. Stretch up to the sky – can you touch a star? Reach for the ground! Take a quick walk outside if the weather’s not too bad. Snow is so pretty!

6. Do something you enjoy. You maybe don’t feel like doing anything super little. That’s okay. Try coloring or maybe watching a nice tv show. Nature documentaries can be really good! Just try for ten minutes.

7. Say “no” if you need to. You don’t have to do everything and see everybody. It’s okay to just be home alone for a bit and relax. Saying no for your own well-being is the right thing to do!